Abolitionist Numbers

May 8, 1838

Garrison writes to Isaac Knapp, and includes some figures about numbers of abolitionists and abolition societies.  The American Anti-Slavery Society had in the past year receipts totaling forty-three thousand dollars, but expenditures of more than forty-five thousand,  “leaving the Society somewhat in debt”.  Total number of publications, printed during the same time, came to 646,000!  Thirty-eight travelling agents had been in the field.  Signatures forwarded to the House of Representatives at Washington, regarding the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, included 213,394 men and 201,077 women, and nearly as many to the Senate!